Lund University, naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, kemiska institutionen

Lund University was founded in 1666 and is repeatedly ranked among the world’s top 100 universities. The University has 40 000 students and 7 600 staff based in Lund, Helsingborg and Malmö. We are united in our efforts to understand, explain and improve our world and the human condition.

The Faculty of Science conducts research and education within Biology, Astronomy, Physics, Geosciences, Chemistry, Mathematics and Environmental Sciences. The Faculty is organized into nine departments, gathered in the northern campus area. The Faculty has approximately 1500 students, 330 PhD students and 700 employees.

Since decades, the Division of Physical Chemistry conducts internationally very strong research in colloid and surface chemistry, focusing on Soft Matter. The division has always had very strong links between experiemtal work and theory - an approach that has proven to be highly successful. There is also a strong link to advanced methodology that will soon be available at MAX IV in Lund and also, in the future, at ESS. The Division has a central role in the chemistry education offered at the Faculty of Science, both in basic and fundamental chemistry courses and in the set of courses offered in the Master Program for nanochemistry. The Division has a large instrument park, including advanced light and x-ray scattering instruments.

Work description
The research engineer will to 50% of the time be the scientific and technical responsible for light and x-ray scattering instruments of the Division of Physical Chemistry. He/she will support, instruct and supervise the local users and users outside Lund University, and be responsible for the user operation in the context of potential future European or national infrastructure projects. In addition, the research engineer should act as the main instrument responsible for the light scattering and small-angle x-ray scattering laboratory. He/she needs extensive practical experience and theoretical knowledge in the use and maintenance of different advanced light and x-ray scattering instruments. The present instrument suite features implementations of 3D cross-correlation light scattering, small-angle light scattering and small-angle x-ray scattering, but the successful candidate is expected to be able to adopt to, and in some cases initiate, other scattering techniques. This part of the position is a service function, involving instructing, training and dealing with users with different background, which requires people skills and well-documented ability to communicate. Practical experience of similar posts, e.g. beam line scientist, is an advantage.

At the same time the research engineer should also have a well-documented ability and experience to conduct research within colloid science. Currently 50% of the position is financed through external research grants, at the present in the area of strongly interacting colloidal suspensions and particles with anisotropic interactions, and therefore experience in this area of science is an important asset.  This also implies that the successful applicant will act as the project officer of a large scientific programme (“AniForce”) at the Division, funded by the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation for the project period 2015 - 2020.

Due to changes in funding as well as in requirements with respect of instrument responsibilities, the division between research/research coordination and instrument responsibilities may vary.

A PhD in Physical Chemistry/Physics/biophysics or corresponding merits, considerable practical experience and theoretical knowledge to handle advanced light and X-ray scattering techniques, including static and dynamic lights scattering, 3D static and dynamic light and small-angle x-ray scattering as well as a broad experience with colloidal systems is required. Experience with conducting research on concentrated colloidal suspensions and anisotropic particles or corresponding colloidal systems is a merit. Good people skills and well-documented ability to communicate is required. The applicant should be fluent in English.

The application should be sent in electronically using the link at the bottom of the ad. Applications should be written in English. The application should include a cover letter with justifications for why you are interested in the position, and, why you are a suitable candidate. Please also answer the specified questions below and if your answer is yes, please specify your experience etc. It should also include letter(s) of recommendations. The application should include a CV, diplomas or equivalent, and other items that you wish to invoke (copies of certificates, data references, list of publicatins, etc.).

  • Do you have documented experience in advanced light scattering techniques?
  • Do you have documented experience in Small-angle X-ray scattering?
  • Do you have experience in serving as beam-line scientist or similar experience?
  • Do you have experience in building scattering or any other scientific instruments?
  • Do you have broad experience in conducting research on colloidal systems?
  • Do you have experience in working with concentrated colloidal suspensions and anisotropic particles?
  • Do you have experience in advanced analysis of data from static scattering experiments?
  • Do you have experience in advanced analysis of data from quasielastic scattering experiments?
  • Do you easily adapt to working with people of different backgrounds?

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Type of employment Probationary period
Contract type Full time
First day of employment 2016-03-01
Salary Monthly Salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100 %
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2015/4305
  • Viveka Alfredsson, professor, +46462228155,
  • Peter Schurtenberger, professor, +46462228219,
  • Tina Olsson, human resource officer, +46462229562,
Union representative
  • OFR/S:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, 046-222 93 62,
  • SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds , 046-222 93 64,
  • SEKO: Seko Civil, 046-222 93 66,
Published 15.Dec.2015
Last application date 24.Jan.2016 11:59 PM CET

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